By Pro Sports Outlook, The Front Office for Fans
Jan 11, 2021

January 11th, 2021 in sports was highlighted by the Philadelphia Eagles firing HC Doug Pederson just three years after leading the franchise to their first Super Bowl victory. Many top NFL Draft prospects like Devonta Smith, Mac Jones, and Justin Fields battled it out another Alabama National Championship victory while the Chicago White Sox inked the best Closer on the market. CJ McCollum drained the GW against Toronto to cap off a 17-point comeback and Buddy Hield’s clutch play led the Kings victory over Indiana.

Check out everything that happened in sports on January 11th last year and the Best in Sports from exactly a year ago, headlined by King Henry’s day of destruction, Lamar’s record-breaking day, and Jonnu Smith’s spectacular grab. This daily sports article includes real headlines only (no clickbait rumors), all of the best highlights, interesting facts from around the NFL, NBA, & MLB, the main games to watch, top performances of the day, significant birthdays, and a quick recap of notable events on this day in sports history.

What a game for the top prospect

McCollum’s 30 & GW led POR

Beal has been in his bag

Fox throws down the dagger

There’s competition for QB1 in CAR

Air Gordon yammed it on DPOY

Beal makes it look easy

Siakam looks fine w/ no-look dime

Barnes dropped 30 for the win

Hayward starts out strong

He’s tripping but still gets assist

Best NBA plays of 3rd week

What a game from Heinicke

Baker wasn’t fazed by the stage

Akers had a historic playoff debut

Allen & Diggs are an ELITE duo

Lamar finally got his 1st playoff W

Beal is an underrated finisher

Kamara doing OPOY things

New team, same playoff Brady

Luka gets WCF player of the wk

Tatum gets ECF player of the wk

Rams DEF was electric in WCW

Revis Island moved to Florida

Legendary 4th down conversion

Did Dez catch it??

The birth of the DH began OTD

McConnell with the GW-FG OTD



NBA Monday

[Highlights] SG Bradley Beal, WAS (W v.PHX): 34 PTS (12-22 FG | 2-7 3PT), 9 AST, 8 REB, 1 BLK, 2 STL, 1 TO

[Highlights] G CJ McCollum, POR (W v.TOR): 30 PTS (10-19 FG | 5-11 3PT), 5 AST, 6 REB, 0 BLK, 1 STL, 0 TO

[Highlights] PF Pascal Siakam, TOR (L @POR): 22 PTS (9-17 FG | 0-2 3PT), 10 AST, 13 REB, 0 BLK, 1 STL, 3 TO

[Highlights] SF Harrison Barnes, SAC (W v.IND): 30 PTS (10-14 FG | 2-3 3PT), 2 AST, 8 REB, 0 BLK, 1 STL, 1 TO

[Highlights] F Gordon Hayward, CHA (W v.NYK): 34 PTS (11-17 FG | 2-2 3PT), 3 AST, 3 REB, 1 BLK, 0 STL, 3 TO

CFB National Championship

[Highlights] WR Devonta Smith, BAMA (W v.OSU): 12 REC (FBS Title record), 215 REC YDS, 3 REC TD [Player of the Day]

[Highlights] QB Mac Jones, BAMA (W v.OSU): 36-45 (80%), 464 YDS, 5 TD, 0 INT; 4 RSH, 11 YDS

[Highlights] RB Najee Harris, BAMA (W v.OSU): 22 RSH, 79 YDS, 2 TD; 7 REC, 79 YDS, 1 TD


NFL: WR Corey Davis, Tennessee Titans (turns 26)

MLB: SS JP Crawford, Seattle Mariners (26)

MLB: DH/IF Nick Solak, Texas Rangers (26)

NFL: DL Matt Ioannidis, Washington Football (27)

NBA: PF Chris Boucher, Toronto Raptors (28)

NFL: OG David DeCastro, Pittsburgh Steelers (31)

NFL: DL Malik Jackson, Philadelphia Eagles (31)

NFL: LB Demario Davis, New Orleans Saints (32)

NBA: SG Tony Allen, Last played in 2018 (39)

Most Significant Sports History on Jan. 11

2020: Tennessee Titans RB Derrick Henry became the 1st player to ever record 175+ RUSH YDS in consecutive playoff games as he led the Titans upset victory over the #1 seeded Baltimore Ravens that included a surprising jump pass TD on 3rd & goal. Henry also became the 1st player ever with 180+ RUSH YDS in 3 consecutive games in NFL history and posted the most RUSH YDS through his 1st 4 career postseason GP than any player ever. TEN was outgained by BAL 530 to 300 total YDS (-230) which was the worst yardage differential for any victorious team in NFL Playoff history

2015: In a monumental play, Dallas Cowboys WR Dez Bryant went up and grabbed the football on 4th & 2, but reached for the end zone before completely coming down with the catch and it slipped loose when hitting the pylon. Dallas would end up losing to the Aaron Rodgers-led Packers 26-21 in the NFC Divisional Rd after that 4th down incompletion led to a turnover on downs

2010: 4x HR champion Mark McGwire admitted that he had used steroids on and off for nearly a decade, including during his record-breaking 1998 season

2004: Trailing the Green Bay Packers by 3 and facing a 4th and 26, Philadelphia Eagles QB Donovan McNabb and WR Freddie Mitchell connected for 29 yards then would tie the game and win in OT

2001: New York Knicks set an NBA record by holding their opponent to under 100 points for the 29th consecutive game

1987: “The Drive”: Trailing the Browns by 7 with just over 5:00 remaining, QB John Elway led the Broncos on a 15-play, 98-yard drive to force OT, then a 9-play, 60-yard drive on the first possession of OT that resulted in a FG, securing their 3rd AFC Championship (2nd consecutive)

1984: Denver Nuggets defeated the San Antonio Spurs 163-155 in what was the 2nd-highest scoring non-OT game in NBA history (Warriors-Nuggets combined for 320 in 1990)

1973: American League adopted the Designated Hitter rule on a trial basis

1971: At age 27, Detroit Tigers RP John Hiller suffered a heart attack but would make a triumphant comeback after missing the 1971 season

1970: Kansas City Chiefs defeated the Minnesota Vikings in Super Bowl IV, the AFL’s 2nd in a row leading into the leagues’ merger

1967: San Diego was granted an NBA franchise, the “Rockets”; the team would move to Houston just 4 years later

1947: In an effort to speed up the game, the BAA (NBA) voted to outlaw “zone” defenses





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